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There are 5 ways to get from Ballarat to Canberra by shuttle, plane, train, bus or car

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Shuttle, fly  •  4h 33m

  1. Take a shuttle bus from Ballarat to Melbourne Airport
  2. Fly from Melbourne (MEL) to Canberra (CBR) MEL - CBR

$86 - $311

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Train XPT, bus  •  11h 44m

  1. Take the train from Ballarat to Southern Cross
  2. Take the train from Southern Cross to Yass Junction 622 / ...
  3. Take the bus from Yass Junction, Coach Bay to Canberra Civic Coach Stop, West Row 782

$52 - $158

3 alternative options

Train, bus Greyhound Australia  •  10h 27m

  1. Take the train from Ballarat to Southern Cross Ballarat - Melbourne Via Melton / ...
  2. Take the bus from Melbourne to Canberra Gx322 / ...

$57 - $105

Bus  •  11h 55m

  1. Take the bus from Ballarat to Southern Cross Coach Terminal/Spencer St
  2. Take the bus from Melbourne to Gundagai
  3. Take the bus from Tourist Information Centre/249 Sheridan St to Jolimont Centre/Northbourne Ave

$52 - $99

Drive  •  7h 49m

  1. Drive from Ballarat to Canberra 470.1 miles

$65 - $100

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The cheapest way to get from Ballarat to Canberra is to drive which costs $90 - $140 and takes 7h 49m.

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The quickest way to get from Ballarat to Canberra is to shuttle and fly which costs $120 - $440 and takes 4h 33m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Ballarat to Canberra. However, there are services departing from Ballarat and arriving at Jolimont Centre/Northbourne Ave via Melbourne and Tourist Information Centre/249 Sheridan St. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 11h 55m.

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The distance between Ballarat and Canberra is 536 km. The road distance is 752.2 km.

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The best way to get from Ballarat to Canberra without a car is to train and bus which takes 10h 27m and costs $80 - $150.

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It takes approximately 4h 33m to get from Ballarat to Canberra, including transfers.

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Ballarat to Canberra bus services, operated by V-Line, depart from Ballarat station.

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The quickest flight from Melbourne Airport to Canberra Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 5m.

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Ballarat to Canberra bus services, operated by V-Line, arrive at Jolimont Centre/Northbourne Ave station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Ballarat to Canberra is 752 km. It takes approximately 7h 49m to drive from Ballarat to Canberra.

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Map of how to get from Ballarat to Canberra.
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  • Distance: 335 miles
  • Duration: 4h 33m

What companies run services between Ballarat, VIC, Australia and Canberra, ACT, Australia?

You can take a bus from Ballarat to Canberra via Southern Cross Coach Terminal/Spencer St, Melbourne, and Tourist Information Centre/249 Sheridan St in around 11h 55m.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Melbourne to Canberra
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Melbourne to Canberra
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $480
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Melbourne to Canberra
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $400
Train operators
V-Line

V/Line is the largest provider of passenger rail and coach services in regional Victoria, Australia. Train and coach services cater to destinations across regional areas from Southern Cross Station in the heart of Melbourne city. Myki is used for travel to and from V/Line stations located between Melbourne and Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo, Traralgon and Seymour, while paper tickets must be used on long distance services to Bairnsdale, Albury, Shepparton, Echuca, Swan Hill, Ararat, Maryborough and Warrnambool. First Class carriages have meal trays, larger reclining seats with more leg room, and approximately 52 seats in each carriage, compared to 88 in Economy Class.

Contact Details
Phone
1800 800 007
Website
vline.com.au
Train from Ballarat to Southern Cross
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Website
https://www.vline.com.au/
XPT
Phone
132 232
Website
ptv.vic.gov.au
Train from Southern Cross to Yass Junction
Ave. Duration
7h 15m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40 - $140
Book at
transportnsw.info
Economy
$40 - $60
First
$60 - $80
Sleeper
$120 - $140
Bus operators
Airport Shuttlebus
Phone
+613 5333 4181
Email
info@airportshuttlebus.com.au
Website
airportshuttlebus.com.au
Shuttle from Ballarat to Melbourne Airport
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$24 - $50
Schedules at
airportshuttlebus.com.au
Book at
airportshuttlebus.com.au
Greyhound Australia

Greyhound Australia is the country’s only long distance bus operator running services in all states and territories. Greyhound Australia has been operating for 110 years and is the leading bus company in Australia. The extensive network now covers most of the Australian mainland and services more than 5 million passengers every year. Buses are equipped for the long journeys, with free WiFi, air-conditioning, full disability access, USB chargers in every seat and an on-board restroom.

Contact Details
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Melbourne to Canberra
Ave. Duration
8h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$50 - $95
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$50 - $75
Flexifare
$65 - $95
Transport NSW
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Bus from Yass Junction, Coach Bay to Canberra Civic Coach Stop, West Row
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Schedules at
Transport NSW
V-Line

V/Line is the largest provider of passenger rail and coach services in regional Victoria, Australia. Train and coach services cater to destinations across regional areas from Southern Cross Station in the heart of Melbourne city. Myki is used for travel to and from V/Line stations located between Melbourne and Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo, Traralgon and Seymour, while paper tickets must be used on long distance services to Bairnsdale, Albury, Shepparton, Echuca, Swan Hill, Ararat, Maryborough and Warrnambool. First Class carriages have meal trays, larger reclining seats with more leg room, and approximately 52 seats in each carriage, compared to 88 in Economy Class.

Contact Details
Phone
1800 800 007
Website
vline.com.au
Bus from Ballarat to Southern Cross Coach Terminal/Spencer St
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Website
https://www.vline.com.au/
Bus from Tourist Information Centre/249 Sheridan St to Jolimont Centre/Northbourne Ave
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$10 - $15
Website
https://www.vline.com.au/
Firefly Express
Phone
1300 730 740
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Bus from Ballarat to Melbourne
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $40
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Bus from Melbourne to Gundagai
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $45
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au

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Tigerair Australia, Virgin Australia and Qantas offer flights from Melbourne Airport to Canberra Airport.

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There are 161+ hotels available in Canberra. Prices start at $85 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Ballarat to Melbourne Airport is to shuttle which takes 1h 30m and costs $35 - $70.

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